Friday, October 28, 2011

Squire Parsons (O'Carolan)

This is one of my favourite songs composed by Turlough O'Carolan.

You find here 2 partitions

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lady Grethin (O'Carolan)

An easy O'Carolan song

Friday, October 21, 2011

Kitty of Coleraine

Generally said to be anonymous, though there is good reason to believe Edward Lysaght to be the author, not only from the period of its circulation, but from the sly wit and humorous turn of the catastrophe, resembling more closely in style the productions of pleasant rollicking Ned Lysaght than those of any of his contemporaries.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Larguer Les Amarres

A French Sea chanty

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jennie rock the Cradle

A Reel, also known as Jack Lattin, Jacky Latin, Jennie Rock The Cradle, Jenny Lattin, Jenny Rocking The Cradle, Jock O'Leighton, On The Road.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

James Betagh (O'Carolan)

The Betaghs were one of the old Irish families transplanted from Leinster to Connacht under the Cromwellian Settlement. James Betagh of Drimhill for whom this air was composed, married Fanny Dillon, the subject of no. 37. He suceeded to Mannin after the death of her brother John Dillon, 22nd April 1731. Mannin is in the barony of Costelo and parish of Aghamore, County Mayo, a few miles north-west of Ballyhaunis.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Gallowglass

The gallowglass or galloglass – from Irish: gallóglaigh (plural), gallóglach (singular) – were an elite class of mercenary warrior who came from Norse-Gaelic clans in the Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland between the mid 13th century and late 16th century. As Scots, they were Gaels and shared a common origin and heritage with the Irish, but as they had intermarried with the 10th century Norse settlers of western Scotland, the Irish called them Gall Gaeil ("foreign Gaels").

They were the mainstay of Scottish and Irish warfare before the advent of gunpowder, and depended upon seasonal service with Irish chieftains. A military leader would often choose a gallowglass to serve as his personal aide and bodyguard because, as a foreigner, the gallowglass would be less subject to local feuds and influences.

Friday, October 7, 2011

And The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda

"And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is a song written by Scottish-born singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971.The song describes war as futile and gruesome, while criticising those who seek to glorify it. This is exemplified in the song by the account of a young Australian soldier who is maimed at the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War.

The song incorporates the melody and a few lines of lyrics of "Waltzing Matilda" at its conclusion. Many cover versions of the song have been performed and recorded.
The song is often praised for its imagery of the devastation at Gallipoli. The protagonist, a rover before the war, loses his legs in the battle, and later notes the passing of other veterans with time, as younger generations become apathetic to the veterans and their cause.
In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Black Eyed Sailor

A nice reel to play

Monday, October 3, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011